Seabird observations in the Spermonde Archipelago, South Sulawesi

  • Paul L. A Erftemeijer
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An overview is presented of two years (1990-1991) of scattered but frequent seabird observations in the Spermonde Archipelago and coastal waters of South Sulawesi. A total of 14 species was encountered, Overall seabird density in the area was relatively low. Transect counts across the Spermonde continental shelf at the end of the dry period (October/November) indicated that seabird density increased with distance from the mainland of Sulawesi. The richest areas were towards the edge of the shelf. This area is probably favoured for its enhanced food availability as a result of upwelling No indications were found of seabird breeding colonies in the area, but local breeding of Little Tern was recorded.


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Erftemeijer, P. L. A. (1). Seabird observations in the Spermonde Archipelago, South Sulawesi. KUKILA, 6(2), 115-123. Retrieved from
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